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Special Education Partnership

The Patton College of Education's Special Education program currently partners with one local school district to provide PDS Teacher Candidate placements for some students during their junior year. Cohort groups spend a year with a team of professors and elementary faculty studying an integrated curriculum and gaining intensive classroom experience. 


Alexander Local School District’s Mission: 

The mission of Alexander Schools is to provide a positive learning environment that inspires students to achieve through a variety of instructional methods. 

Alexander Elementary and Alexander Junior High / High 

  • Includes an elementary school that serves over 700 students in grades K- 6 and junior/high school that serves over 780 students in grades 7 -12
  • Inclusive classroom experiences
  • Services to students with a wide variety of educational needs including:
    • Multiple disabilities services
    • Sensory integration resources
    • Enrichment opportunities for accelerated learners


Opportunities for Candidates

  • Work with intervention specialists to assist in delivering specially designed instruction
  • Work with an intervention specialist and general education teachers in inclusive learning environments
  • Develop and teach lessons that differentiate instruction for learners with a wide range of needs
  • Use pre-and post-assessment data to monitor learner growth and guide selection of instructional methods.
  • Experience assisting with, and creating, a variety of classroom activities
  • Observe, and be mentored by, experienced mentor teachers and Ohio University clinical educators Connect theory learned in OHIO methods classes to a clinical setting
  • Participate in research opportunities that can include using the Bug In The Ear (BITE) coaching technology to assist candidates when teaching.


Contact Information 

Ryan Pigman 
Faculty Coordinator